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iOS 15 device backups with macOS High Sierra 13.6 & iTunes backup?

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iOS 15 device backups with macOS High Sierra 13.6 & iTunes backup?

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phillytim

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Will I still be able to backup my iPhone (with the new iOS 15 upgrade) to my ol' MacBook Pro with High Sierra 13.6?

Has anyone tried this, and been able to confirm?

Usually iTunes downloads a little update to make it compatible with the newest iOS, but I'm worried that Apple will soon leave we High Sierra folks out in the cold!
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phillytim

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Nobody with iOS 15 has attempted to backup to their macOS High Sierra iTunes?

oldmacs

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I haven't tried it but I looked at the minimum requirements for the iPhone 13, which will come with iOS 15 and it says it will work with El Capitan and newer, so good news!

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phillytim

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I haven't tried it but I looked at the minimum requirements for the iPhone 13, which will come with iOS 15 and it says it will work with El Capitan and newer, so good news!
This is a great sign, at least! Guess I'll give it a shot either tonight or tomorrow.

Thank you for the valuable tip!

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phillytim

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CONFIRMED - iOS 15 devices ARE able to back up to MacOS High Sierra Macs. ✌️

FYI: This year iTunes did not need to download a special compatibility update, unlike the past couple years; '15 backups just worked for my setup.
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oldmacs

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CONFIRMED - iOS 15 devices ARE able to back up to MacOS High Sierra Macs. ✌️

FYI: This year iTunes did not need to download a special compatibility update, unlike the past couple years; '15 backups just worked for my setup.
Interesting that it just worked without a download!

phillytim

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Interesting that it just worked without a download!
Exactly my thought also! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

w5jck

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I used iTunes on my MacBook Pro 2014 running Mojave to downgrade my iPad Air 2020 from iPadOS 15 to 14.8, and as soon as I plugged the iPad into the Mac it told me I needed that update, so installed it and accomplished the downgrade. I use iCloud for backups of my iPads and iPhone, so it had been a long time since I plugged one into my MacBook Pro.

iMig

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Mar 21, 2016

Hey ! Interesting thread.
Should I update my IPhone SE with 13.7 to iOS 15? My main OS is Sierra /with iTunes 12.8.2.3 in a 2008 Mac Pro. I ve got a High Sierra partition as well but I rarely use it.

And yes, , I know I´m conservative in terms of upgrading my rigs.
Thank you.

phillytim

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Hey ! Interesting thread.
Should I update my IPhone SE with 13.7 to iOS 15? My main OS is Sierra /with iTunes 12.8.2.3 in a 2008 Mac Pro. I ve got a High Sierra partition as well but I rarely use it.

And yes, , I know I´m conservative in terms of upgrading my rigs.
Thank you.
Based upon the official Apple system requirements that @oldMac posted above in #3, yes - you can use your Sierra/12.8.2.3 to update your SE to iOS 15 - enjoy! 👍

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iMig

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Mar 21, 2016

Just read that specs list . Thanks!!!!!

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dysamoria

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Thanks for posting this info. I am about to commit to updating my iPad Pro and iPhone 6s to iOS 15.x because Apple Card and my debit card cannot be added to Wallet on iOS 12.x, I want dark mode, and I guess I will have to say "damn the High Sierra Safari iCloud sync" (which I have been told by people on here that I will lose with the change to my iOS devices). Wish me luck. I hate upgrading.

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Well, I've upgraded to iOS 15.whatever, and I am liking some of the changes (and hating the new bugs, and all the crap Apple STILL HASN'T FIXED since iOS 12.x!!!!).

As expected, I can no longer share Safari tabs with High Sierra. But the thing I was hoping would not be an issue, IS an issue: iTunes "cannot connect to device".

iTunes 12.8.3.1

No update was offered for supporting the devices.

So now I cannot back up my devices until... I get a newer Mac?

UPDATE: Corrected!

I reinstalled iTunes 12.8.3 from https://support.apple.com/kb/dl1977 and it triggered a "An update is required for your iPhone 6s" etc... After a bunch of drive thrashing and faffing about, it finished up and I am back in action.
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